Sleep Center Care for Children

  • Sleep Center
  • UHC Campus
  • Arnold Building, Level 2
  • 1 South Prospect Street
    Burlington, VT 05401
  • Phone: 802-847-5338
  • Fax: 802-847-5679
  • Monday-Friday, 8 AM-5 PM
  • Directions

At Vermont Children’s Hospital, we offer comprehensive care for children and adolescents experiencing a full range of sleep problems.

We are proud to be an American Academy of Sleep Medicine-accredited Sleep Center, offering the highest standards of care for patients with sleep disorders. If your child is suffering from sleep problems that are disrupting his or her life, you can be assured of receiving the latest treatments and therapies from experienced specialists with advanced training in pediatric sleep medicine.

Sleep Center for Children: What You Need to Know

As a university hospital, we provide care backed by the latest scientific research and innovation. Our team of caring doctors, nurses and other health professionals are committed to a personalized, child-centered approach focused on the needs of your child.

At Vermont Children’s Hospital, we offer comprehensive care for children and adolescents experiencing a full range of sleep problems. Some of the common conditions we treat include:

Insomnia
Insomnia is a significant lack of high-quality sleep. It can be short-term or chronic. Insomnia symptoms in children can include trouble going to sleep, staying asleep, or being well-rested after a normal amount of time sleeping.

Insomnia causes include stress, a change in time zones or sleep schedule, poor bedtime habits, or an underlying medical or psychiatric condition. Not getting a good night's sleep can affect your child's mood and behavior during the day, leading to school and discipline problems.

Insomnia symptoms can include: irritability, mood swings, hyperactivity, depressed mood, aggressiveness, decreased attention span, and memory problems.
Insomnia diagnoses frequently treated at our center include:

  • Psychophysiological insomnia
  • Behavioral insomnia of childhood, sleep onset type
  • Behavioral insomnia of childhood, limit setting type
  • Insomnia due to a medical condition

Obstructive Sleep Apnea
Obstructive sleep apnea occurs if a child’s breathing is repeatedly blocked during sleep in the region of the upper airway. Breathing may stop or become very shallow. Airflow to the lungs can be limited, causing snoring or disrupted sleep, and can lead to temporarily low levels of oxygen in the blood.

Common causes of pediatric sleep apnea may include: enlargement of glandular tissues, adenoids and tonsils, at the back of the throat, obesity, and disorders affecting the structure of the jaw and face. Symptoms may include: hyperactivity, restless sleep, snoring, irritability, labile mood, and memory and attention difficulties.

Movement Disorders of Sleep
Uncomfortable or unusual movements immediately before or during sleep can cause difficulties in falling asleep or maintaining sleep.
Some examples of this include:

  • Restless legs syndrome
  • Periodic limb movement disorder
  • Bruxism (teeth grinding)
  • Sleep related rhythmic movement disorder

Restless legs syndrome (RLS) in children and adolescents occurs when the legs feel extremely uncomfortable when sitting or lying down. People with RLS may have an almost irresistible urge to move their legs while at rest.

The urge to move the legs is usually due to uncomfortable, tingly, or creeping sensations. Movement may ease those feelings. Restless legs syndrome can cause difficulties with falling asleep, and may disrupt sleep — leading to daytime drowsiness.

Circadian Rhythm Disorders
This condition involves disruptions in a person’s circadian rhythm or the body’s internal clock. Our internal clock regulates many biological processes such as brain wave activity, hormone production and others.

Circadian rhythm sleep disorders can result from many factors, including time-zone changes, medications and changes in patterns or routines. Symptoms can include excessive sleepiness from progressive sleep deprivation and failing to feel alert during the day.
Circadian rhythm disorders commonly treated at our center include:

  • Circadian rhythm disorder, delayed sleep phase type (falling asleep later than desired)
  • Circadian rhythm disorder, advanced sleep phase type (falling asleep earlier than desired)
  • Circadian rhythm disorder, irregular sleep-wake type
  • Circadian rhythm disorder, shift work type

Parasomnias
Parasomnias refer to any abnormal behavior during sleep.
These disruptive sleep disorders can include :

  • Somniloquy – sleep talking
  • Somnambulism – sleep walking
  • Night terrors
  • Dream enacting behaviors (REM sleep behavior disorder)
  • Nightmare disorder

Excessive Daytime Sleepiness (Hypersomnias)
Patients may have a biological drive toward excessive daytime sleepiness not explained by another sleep disorder.
These include:

  • Narcolepsy
  • Idiopathic hypersomnia

These disorders may require medical treatment to improve daytime alertness.

List of other sleep conditions we treat:

Behavioral Sleep Conditions

  • Bedtime resistance and fears
  • Early morning risers
  • Excessive daytime drowsiness
  • Insomnia
  • Nightmares
  • Nighttime awakenings, from a need to be held or need to be fed
  • Night terrors
  • Sleepwalking

Medical Sleep Conditions

  • Insomnia or inability to fall asleep at regular time for adolescents
  • Apparent-Life-Threatening-Event (ALTE), previously called near-miss SIDS
  • Chronic lung disease
  • Circadian Rhythm Disorder
  • Daytime sleepiness
  • Narcolepsy
  • Restless sleep
  • Rhythmic Movement Disorder
  • Sleep disordered breathing, pauses in breathing
  • Sleep Apnea
  • Sleep Starts
  • Snoring

Find a Fletcher Allen Health Care physician or call 802-847-5679.